The Tax filing season has begun and the rush (or procrastination) to get your taxes done correctly is on. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you master the upcoming tax season like a pro:

Don’t bother looking for help from the Mac App store. This was the first place I checked out and there is no software readily available to help you. The Mac App store is fairly new so I’ll let this slide but I hope there is some help from the Mac App store next year.

Your iPad & iPhone App stores though do have a few simple tools to help with you taxes. Check out some of these useful tax apps:

  • Tax Central by H&R Block is a free app that will estimate your tax refund (or what you owe) and steer you towards the nearest H&R Block location to get your taxes done.
  • is a free App offered by TurboTax that will also estimate your tax refund.
  • TurboTax Snap Tax – This is for the incredibly tax challenged individual. Snap a picture of your W-2, answer a few simple questions and then e-file all from the app. The app is free… The filing fee is still $14.99 for Federal & State taxes but I do not believe filing taxes could get any easier than this.
  • MyTaxRefund is an app that will track your tax refund and lets you know when you are going to get your money from the IRS.

Other Tips From Yours Truly;

As a volunteer tax preparer I do have some tips for the average person to use. Here are some ways you can get an accurate return while saving some money:

  • Do not buy tax software if your adjusted gross income (AGI) is under $58,000 and you are comfortable filing your own returns. You are eligible to file free returns with the IRS at www.irs.gov/efile.
  • If you live in NY you may also be able to file your state taxes for free. Up to 70% of all NY’ers are eligible for this program. Check out www.tax.ny.gov to see if you qualify.
  • The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs offers a program called VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. This program is offered by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Office of Financial Empowerment for NYC residents. Do a Google search on this office and you will get a lot of dead links leading nowhere. The correct link I have is here… This is a free service offering tax preparation for those who will not be itemizing their deductions. It’s a great way to make sure you do not miss any credits you may be eligible for.
  • And NEVER take a tax loan! The IRS will get your refund back to you pretty quickly while the loan rates and fees charged by tax preparers for rapid refund or anticipation loans are outrageous!

So do not procrastinate! The due date for the US Individual Income Tax Return for Tax Year 2010 is April 18, 2011. The due date is April 18, instead of April 15, because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia.

And that’s this week’s tech tip. I will post some quick tips each week that may (or may not) help you get more productive, stay secure or just solve some small nagging problem in your daily computing activities so check back here every tuesday or subscribe to the blog to have your weekly tips delivered straight to your inbox.

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